Middle East Research and Information Project: Critical Coverage of the Middle East Since 1971

Iran’s revolution had a profound impact on the regional balance of forces in the Gulf. Until 1979, the two most powerful and ambitious states in the region, Iran and Iraq, were sufficiently constrained by each other, and by the presence of United States forces and Washington’s friendly relations with most of the Gulf states, that neither seriously attempted to overturn the status quo.

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How to cite this article:

'Abd al-Hadi Khalaf "The Elusive Quest for Gulf Security," Middle East Report 148 (September/October 1987).